Theatre: Production & Design

This guide provides links to basic theatre research: history, design, acting, production, scripts, videos, and careers.

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Getting Started

For general theatre production materials, search the Library Catalog for the exact phrase: Theater -- Production and Direction.

Design research should consider the show's context:

  • People: Professions, Social class, Celebrity, Relationships, etc.
  • Places: Geographic locations, Cities, Buildings, etc.
  • Things: Possessions, Conflicts, etc.
  • Ideas: Time periods, Personalities, etc. 

Searching a single concept will yield the most results:

  • A search for depression brings back results about economic, geologic, and emotional depressions.

Searching for multiple concepts connected by AND will yield fewer but more-relevant results:

  • depressions AND "dust bowl" brings back results mainly about the 1929 economic depression.

Combine synonyms or related terms in parentheses with the word OR:

  • depressions AND (family OR families OR child OR children)

For image-rich books, add the phrase (“in art” OR “pictorial works”): 

  • depressions AND ("in art" OR "pictorial works")

For dates and time periods, use terms describing an era:

  • Golden Age, McCarthy Era, Ming Dynasty, Prohibition, 19th Century, etc.

Or, search for specific people and events that define a time period:

  • Kennedy, Madonna, Aristotle, Mao, Montezuma, etc.
  • Flappers, apartheid, Woodstock, Boston Tea Party, fops, etc.

Visual and performing artists capture the spirit of their own time period and geographic location:

  • Andy Warhol, Virginia Woolf, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Martha Graham, Duke Ellington, Frida Kahlo, Florenz Ziegfeld, etc.

Browse through old magazines and catalogs, both American and foreign.

  • Life magazine, Sears catalog, Vogue fashion magazine, Michelin travel guides


Theatre Librarian

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